Manatee Arts Education Council hosts Arts Alive at Lakewood Ranch | Eastern County

Performing in the Grove Ballroom gave Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Andrew Boudreau a different experience.

Due to the intimate setting where he performed with the Lakewood Ranch High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Boudreau felt more connected with the audience during the Arts Alive event on March 28.

“Our parents also got to see us up close, which they usually don’t (while we’re playing),” Boudreau said.

Lauren Wample, a senior at Braden River High School, plays freshman Jacob Mazzone’s puppet during a performance of “We Both Reached for the Gun.”

Arts Alive is a celebration of diverse student artwork that is hosted by the Manatee Arts Education Council in partnership with the Manatee County School District and the Manatee Education Foundation.

The evening included a silent auction of student artwork, including pieces by Brianne Miller of Lakewood Ranch High School and Haley Dragon and Tabitha Hanley of Braden River High School.

Arts Alive featured live performances including the Lakewood Ranch High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble and the Braden River High School Musical Theater Troupe 8474 performing songs from the musical “Chicago.”

Ron Lambert, who was a conductor in the Manatee County School District for 17 years, received the Dale Jensen Music Education Award.

“I’m very proud of the time I’ve spent here in Manatee County,” Lambert said. “Students and families remind me why I was drawn to education and why it is clear to me that I live my purpose every day.”

Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Andrew Boudreau poses during a performance with the Indoor Percussion Ensemble performance.

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